NameThora Slowstad284
Birth21 Jul 1863, Slåstad i Sør-Odal, Hedmark, Norway
Emigration1874, Sør-Ödal, Hedmark, Norway Age: 10
Immigration1874, America Age: 10
Census8 Jun 1900, 2664 North 42nd Avenue, Chicago, Cook, Illinois285 Age: 36
Census15 Apr 1910, 4327 North 42nd Street, Chicago, Cook, Illinois279 Age: 46
Census3 Apr 1920, 4327 North Kedvale Street, Chicago, Cook, Illinois280 Age: 56
Death17 Mar 1936, Chicago, Cook, Illinois286 Age: 72
Burial20 Mar 1936, Memorial Park, Knoxville, Tennessee286
OccupationDressmaker (1900)
FatherJacob Eriksen (Slåstad) (1823-1873)
MotherAnne Amundsdatter (Rud) (1822-1903)
Birth11 Apr 1851, Laingen i Garmo, Oppland, Norway273
Christening29 May 1851, Garmo, Oppland, Norway273 Age: <1
Census31 Dec 1865, Chicago, Cook, Illinois56 Age: 14
Census MemoAbsent from Laingen i Garmo
EmigrationMay 1868, Lom, Oppland, Norway273 Age: 17
Immigration30 Jun 1868, Quebec, Quebec, Canada274 Age: 17
Immi MemoAboard "S.S. Nestorian" from Liverpool, England
Census31 Dec 1875, Laingen i Garmo, Oppland, Norway197 Age: 24
Residence6 Feb 1878, 480 Hudson Street, Chicago, Cook, Illinois Age: 26
Residence1880, 197 Rucker Street, Chicago, Cook, Illinois275 Age: 28
Census10 Jun 1880, 197 Rucker Street, Chicago, Cook, Illinois276 Age: 29
Residence1881, 55 W. Pearson, Chicago, Cook, Illinois277 Age: 29
Residence27 Nov 1883, 233 N. Wells, Chicago, Cook, Illinois Age: 32
Naturalizationbef 1900 Age: 48
Census5 Jun 1900, 495 Division Street, Chicago, Cook, Illinois278 Age: 49
Census15 Apr 1910, 4327 North 42nd Street, Chicago, Cook, Illinois279 Age: 59
Census3 Apr 1920, 4327 North Kedvale Street, Chicago, Cook, Illinois280 Age: 68
Deathabt 24 May 1929, Concord, Knox, Tennessee Age: 78
Burial27 May 1929, Concord, Knox, Tennessee
ReligionMethodist (by 1875)
OccupationMarble shop (1880), “barber” [cutter] (1900)
FatherKnud Pederson (Lyngved) (1798-1875)
MotherThora Paulsdatter (Laingen) (1812-1906)
Marriage21 Dec 1904, Chicago, Cook, Illinois287
Notes for Thora Slowstad
Note that the marriage license is made out for Cora Slowstad but the minister noted that he married Thora Slowstad. This correction is emphasized by underlining her given name. Her death certificate has the given name of her father wrong.

Chicago Daily News, 18 March 1936, page 33, and (same text) Chicago Tribune, 19 March 1936, page 16:

"KNUDSON - Thora S. Knudson, March 17, 1936: beloved aunt of Lillian and Clement, Mrs. E. Melgaard. Funeral service at chapel, 41 N. Leavitt, Friday, 2:30 p.m. Interment Saturday at Knoxville, Tenn."

I spotted another Thora Slowstad leaving Oslo in Sept. 1893 according to the emigration index (see p. 27) It would probably be worthwhile to track down the full record for this one leaving Norway and arriving in the U.S. as it just might be "our" Thora returning from a visit to Norway.

Name: Mrs. Thora Slowstad Arrival Date: 5 Oct 1893 Estimated birth year: abt 1868 Age: 25 Gender: Female Port of Departure: Liverpool, England Ship Name: Majestic Search Ship Database: View the Majestic in the 'Passenger Ships and Images' database Port of Arrival: New York, New York Line: 4 Microfilm Serial: M237 Microfilm Roll: M237_619 Page Number: 29
[That Thora Slowstad was from Sweden]

KNUDSON THORA S F/W UNK 6008307 1936-03-17 COOK CHICAGO 36-03-18

She may also have visited Norway again

Name: Thora Slowstad
Arrival Date: 31 Oct 1904
Estimated birth year: abt 1864
Age: 40
Gender: Female
Port of Departure: Christiansand S, Norway
Ethnicity/Race-/Nationality: Scandinavian
Ship Name: United States
Search Ship Database: Search the United States in the 'Passenger Ships and Images' database
Port of Arrival: New York, New York
Line: 13
Microfilm Serial: T715
Microfilm Roll: T715_509
Page Number: 2
She died from a cerebral hemmorage suffered on 22 February 1936. Arteriosclerosis was a contributory factor.
Medical Notes for Ole (Spouse 1)
He was vaccinated against smallpox in 1853.
Misc. Notes
The godparents and witnesses at his christening were Ronnaug and Guri Ekle, John Moe, John and Kari Lyngved. Confirmed on 8 October 1865 in Lom. The farm was called Ladingen in the record, and his parents were named as Knud Pedersen and Thora Pedersdatter [not Paulsdatter].

He was living with his parents on the Ladengen farm at the time of the 1865 Norwegian census. He left Lom, Norway, for America in May 1868 with his brother Anders.

He is undoubtedly the "Ola" Knudsen, age 17, traveling with Anders, age 20, on board the S.S. Nestorian, which arrived in Quebec on 30 June 1868.

Described on the 1875 Norwegian census for the farm as being absent, living in Chicago, Illinois, and now a Methodist. He was living in Chicago in 1906 according to his mother's probate.

The marriage between Ole and Olea was performed by Rev. Andrew Haageman of the 1st Norwegian Methodist Episcopal Church.

They were living at 480 Hudson Street at the time of the birth of Thomas.

He was living at 197 Rucker Street at the 1880 census. The 1880 Lakeside directory of Chicago shows him at this home address (p. 646) and has his marble shop at 186 N. Wells St. (pp. 646, 1394)

The 1881 directory shows him living at 55 W. Pearson and the shop at 231 N. Wells. (p. 686). Their address at the 27 November 1881 birth of Clara was 233 N. Wells.

The 1900 census has him living with his son Thomas at 495 Division Street. Thomas is only described as his partner and Thomas was the head of the household. They are both described as barbers. This is an amusing error. What probably happened is that the enumerator was told that they were "cutters," short for marble cutters. The enumerator misinterpreted that as hair cutters, so entered the occupation as barbers. His two younger children Clara and Arthur were living at his former residence of 2662 N. 42nd Street with their cousin Thora Slowstad. This is the same Thora who became Ole's second wife.

Ole Knutson, daughter Clara and Thora Slowstad traveled to Norway in 1904 and returned not long before the marriage of Ole and Clara. They arrived in New York aboard the S.S. United States on 31 October 1904.

[Ship Name: United States Years in service: 1903-1935 Funnels: 1 Masts: 2 Shipping Line: Scandinavian-American (Danish) Ship Description: Built by Alexander Stephen & Sons, Ltd., Glasgow, Scotland. Tonnage: 10,095. Dimensions: 500' x 58' (515' o.l.). Twin-screw, 16 knots. Triple expansion engines. Two masts and one funnel. History: Service: Copenhagen-Oslo-New York. Passengers: 130 first, 140 second, 900 third. Withdrawn from service in 1934. Broken up for scrap in 1935. Sister ships: Hellig Olav and Oscar II.]

The 1910 census shows that he had remarried in 1903. That census has his age as 52 when it in fact was 59. They were living at 4327 N. 42nd Avenue while the Chicago city directory for that year has the address as 4237 N. 42nd Ave. Ray and Blanche Smith were boarding with them and there was a second family also renting at the same address.

He had retired and was living at 4327 N. Kedvale Ave, Chicago, at the time of the 1920 census. They had two boarders living with them.

The 1892 Chicago Index of Registered Voters has an O. Knudson, 13 Ayres St., (Congressional District 3, ward 17, precinct 3), born Norway, living in the precinct for 15 years, and the city and county for 26 years [a bit long, implying 1866 arrival]. His naturalization data was not recorded.

He was not spotted in the Precision Indexing index for the 1870 Census (Chicago).

Peder Knudson has a letter from Clara Knudson Duncan that Ole visited his mother in 1904.

Ole was naturalized and there are a couple of candidates in the Chicago area naturalization soundex, but nothing obvious.

Possibly the Ole Knudson of Lake Park, Illinois, age 56, who arrived back in New York in 1908 aboard the Lusitania.

Given names: Ole
Surnames: Knudsen
Residence: Lake park, Ill
Ship arrival date: 31 Jul 1908
Arrival age: 56y
Nationality: Norweigan
Departure port name: Liverpool
Ship arrival port: New York
Gender: Male
Marital status: M
US citizen: X
Ship name: Lusitania
Collection: New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island) 1892-1924272

Chicago Tribune, 26 May 1929, Chicago Tribune:
“KNUDSON-Oe Knudson, eloved husband of Thora S. Knudson, affectionate father of Thomas A. Knudson, Clara Marie Duncan, Arthur G. Knudson. Funeral Monday, May 27, at Concord, Tenn.”
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